A traditional Coast Salish dinner will be provided.
Featuring a discussion and Q&A with Protagonist and Producer Kendra Mylnechuk Potter and Director and Producer Brooke Pepion Swaney.
Whatcom Community College
Event is free for all
For those unable to attend in person, a recording of the event will be available on this page after the event.
4:30 p.m. – Doors open with a traditional salmon dinner
5:00 p.m. – Program begins
5:30 p.m. – Screening of “Daughter of a Lost Bird.”
6:30 p.m. – Q&A
7:00 p.m. – Community Fellowship
8:00 p.m. – Closing song
Kendra Mylnechuk Potter always knew she was adopted. Her parents spoke of the generosity of her birth mother and their gratitude to her and their love for her was never in question. It wasn’t until her mid-20s that she began to sense inner conflict around her identity as a Native adoptee. When she became pregnant, the need to know where she came from became a powerful desire to provide some answers for her children so they would never have to grapple with identity the way she did. She documented her journey back to her own Native origins on the Lummi Nation
Brooke Pepion Swaney wanted to find out the truth. How was it that Kendra didn’t know what tribe she was from, especially being born the same year that the Indian Child Welfare Act came into effect? Why wouldn’t her birth mother, or her birth mother’s mother for that matter, put down this information on her birth certificate that is so important to Native people? She wanted to find out where she was from so that some of these questions would finally have answers. But mostly, that she wouldn’t feel shame from claiming such an unknown identity. She also wanted to educate Kendra so that she could not only have a deeper understanding about what it means to be Indigenous in the United States, but also join the ranks, so to speak, of the millions of Indigenous people in this country fighting to preserve their identity and by extension their tribal sovereignty.